Waiting for My Rocket to Come

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Since Dave Matthews rose to stadium-filling status, folks have been paying more attention to the quiet guy -- you know, the fella with the guitar, sitting in the corner of the room, spinning subtle tales without so much as a single rock-god scream. Jason Mraz, who's actually been taking that route for several years and on several self-released albums, is the latest low-key rocker to get noticed -- and, judging by this major-label bow, he's got plenty to say. He's a smoother singer than most, as borne out by the lustrous "You and I Both." But he's also prone to clever musical digression, such as the trip-hop stylings of "The Remedy." Even the better songwriters in the ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Since Dave Matthews rose to stadium-filling status, folks have been paying more attention to the quiet guy -- you know, the fella with the guitar, sitting in the corner of the room, spinning subtle tales without so much as a single rock-god scream. Jason Mraz, who's actually been taking that route for several years and on several self-released albums, is the latest low-key rocker to get noticed -- and, judging by this major-label bow, he's got plenty to say. He's a smoother singer than most, as borne out by the lustrous "You and I Both." But he's also prone to clever musical digression, such as the trip-hop stylings of "The Remedy." Even the better songwriters in the genre know that it don't mean a thing if it ain't got some swing, and Mraz gets his by enlisting the rhythm section from his Virginia homeboys Agents of Good Roots. The uncluttered, loping grooves they lay down on tunes like "Curbside Prophet" keep the body involved while the spirit follows Mraz down whatever winding path he's exploring. Like kindred spirits Jack Johnson and John Mayer, he's not exactly trying to change the world, but as he proves on pure pop nuggets like the Crowded House–styled "Who Needs Shelter," providing the listener with a little nudge toward pleasure can be earth-shattering enough in its own right.
All Music Guide - Jesse Jarnow
Jason Mraz's Waiting for My Rocket to Come is a two-part invention. The first level is that of a young, almost compelling, singer/songwriter. Mraz has a nice voice, perhaps a little too articulated at times, which manages to mostly avoid the histrionic despite a predilection towards show tuney melodic turns. His voice tumbles out on top of folk-reggae rhythms that will probably sound a bit dated with time, but his vocals are filled with enough internal rhythms and rhymes to keep them interesting. Lyrically, Mraz relies on cliché to a certain degree, but does so with an earnestness that allows for believability and an eye for imagery that succeeds often enough to suggest that he knows what he's doing. The second level of Waiting for My Rocket to Come is the production of John Alagía, whose work has enhanced other similar folk-pop fair, including the Dave Matthews Band and O.A.R. His work with Mraz is, at its best, transparent, filling out the songs with subtle and glossy production and instrumentation. Reflections of banjos, organs, mellotrons, lap steels, ukuleles, and others peak out through the shine of the tunes, creating an impact too rich to be written off as lite.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/15/2002
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 075596282925
  • Catalog Number: 62829
  • Sales rank: 2,702

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jason Mraz Primary Artist
Greg Kurstin Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Electric Piano, Clavinet, fender rhodes
Michael Andrews Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Celeste, Electric Guitar, Ukulele, Mellotron, Slide Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Stewart Myers Bass
Shane Endsley Trumpet
John Alagia Electric Guitar, Hammond Organ, Tambourine, Shaker, Wurlitzer
Scot Ray Trombone
Technical Credits
John Alagia Producer
Jeff Juliano Engineer
Michael Andrews Horn Arrangements
Ted Jensen Mastering
Robert Fisher Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mraz: Every girls dream!

    This CD is awesome. It has great beats and fun, witty lyrics. Everyone should have a copy of this CD, for it is hard not to like. Buy this CD, and you'll be a Jason Mraz fan forever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best CD EVER

    This is without a doubt the best CD I own! You won't regret buying it...I know not one person who didn't have to have the CD after they listened to mine. He is an amazing artist with an awesome voice that you just crave more of.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow

    This is by far the best CD in my collection. I have been a fan of Jason Mraz for almost three years now, and I will never get tired of this CD. It has a great variety of songs and they're all very fun. I definitely recommend this CD to all of my friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I'd give ten, but there aren't that many stars...

    This is one of the best CD's I've ever bought, even if my friends think I'm crazy for it. I heard one of Mraz's songs on the radio (You and I Both, since you've asked :-)and decided I NEEDED that CD. When I finally did buy it, I heard the rest of his songs, ilke Curbside Prophet (my fav), Tonight Not Again, and No Stopping Us. Jason Mraz is AMAZING, peoples - buy this CD, you'll NEVER regret it :-)Jason Mraz is a much more real (and better) musican than those sterotypical artists out there, and - this is going to be a shocker - MRAZ PLAYS MUSIC, NOT JUST SINGS IT. And you can tell every bit of it comes from his soul.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best CD's I've ever bought

    A great album! I bought it for the remedy and you and i both, but now my favoite songs are too much food and tonight, not again. this CD is worth it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Interestingly good

    I bought the CD for the song "The Remedy". I love his voice, and my favorite song on the Cd has to be "On Love in Sadness." I recommend this CD to others, and I will definitely buy his next CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    fabulous

    I must say, this is one of my favorite albums. The lyrics are clever, and the melodies are catchy. I like how Mraz experimented with blending different styles. Jason Mraz is a new artist to look out for.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ORIGINAL AND REFRESHING

    I just saw him live in concert here in L.A., and as amazing as I think the CD is, his live performance was mind-blowingly phenomenal. Jason is the next big thing - he has talent, charm, lush vocals to spare, and his sound is so original that it's hard to classify. If there's one CD you buy this year, make it this one. You will not be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mad Sexy

    He is so awesome. i've seen him in concert so many times, i play his music nonstop. it's so original and just all around great. i'm in love with his music and him. listen and you won't regret it. he rocks. and his personality is so unique and calm as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing Album

    Words cannot express how much I love this album. I love every single track on this album. Jason's style is so unique, fresh and outside the box. I'd recommend this album to anyone who was looking for something great & creative to listen to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A great album!

    I tagged along with a friend to a Jason Mraz show and left raving about my new favorite artist. Waiting for My Rocket to Come is an amazing mix of musical styles with the common thread of Jason's smooth, mellow voice and unique style.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Average

    It took me awhile to like the album. It is ok. The best songs are "You and I Both", and "The Remedy". The rest of the songs are pretty unmemorable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD

    This album keeps me jumping the entire time. Each song is energy packed. Mraz is having fun with his music ain Curbside Prophet, Too Much Food, or I'll Do Anything or celebrating love, life and friendship as in You and I Both, The Remedy (I Won't Worry),Sleep All Day, No Stopping Us, and Tonight, Not Again; he is vibrant and thoroughly entertaining. Even his songs that are sung in lamentation are inspiring. Who Needs Shelter, Absolutely Zero, On Love, In Sadness, or The Boy's Gone are songs of anguish. Jason Mraz uses a combination of stunning vocals and foot stomping music to create this album. His romantic vocal quality is enough to sweep girls off their feet. My personal favorite song, Sleep All Day is a romantic tune about the value of a relationship and the importance of treating it with care. Mraz sings of his desire to spend never ending time with his lover, marveling at her wonder. Curbside Prophet makes me want to dance every time I hear it. It is a fun loving song about life and happiness. The listener can catch a glimpse of Mraz’ humor and goofiness throughout the album. His personality shines through all he does. It is clear that Mraz loves his job and his music. In addition, this album is wholesome, and uplifting. It is not full of vulgarity, profanity and a downtrodden message. It is new and different from many of the albums that are out at this time. It is a breath of fresh air in a world of heavy, demoralized music. Jason Mraz’ “Waiting for my Rocket to Come” is a surefire hit. It is likely we will hear a lot from him in the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Modern Eclecticism

    Mraz delivers an eclectic mix with 'Waiting for my Rocket to Come'. The song from which the title is taken should sound out of place on this mostly mellow album, drawing on genres from rock to pop to jazz, but everything is executed so smoothly and with such style, that it fits right in. It's almost impossible to find another artist to compare Mraz to, although his voice is very reminiscent of Justin Timberlake (which holds no indication of his music, which can only be described as uniquely his own). He has been compared to Dave Matthews and John Mayer, but both of these comparisons fall short of the mark. Mraz lacks the rawness of Matthews and the sparkle of Mayer, but injects something else entirely into his songs. I recommend at least listening to this album; if you don't love it, at least I can guarantee that it's impossible to hate it. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jason Mraz takes DMB and Mayer and adds a twist

    With the explosion of artists writing their own music and actually playing instruments and having live shows, not taped, jason mraz adds a new flavor to the style. With his original fast paced lyrics and his great voice he has his own style different from dave and john. He adds a southern sound with some comical, but amazing lyrics. Its similar to dave and john but still has its own style which makes Jason Mraz someone that will soon be a huge star. I would recomend anyone to buy/download this cd and distibute it to their friends. Get him out there and heard because he is going to be huge.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    my favorite

    i live in san diego where jason really got into his musical career. i have seen him change his styles slightly, but what it all comes down to is that he's a great musician, and i really want to see him have lots of success. buy this cd!!!!!! it is so original and great. you will love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    He's Gonna Be Big

    "Wow!" the only thing I could say that can truly describe how great this CD is. Jason has such an exciting and refreshing voice. One of those albums you find yourself listening to over and over again. As a new and upcoming artist, he leaves any listener with the thought that the best is yet to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing Talent!!

    I am a huge fan of honesty and realism, expressed through provoking vocals, and supported by remarkable music. All of this, and much, much more did I find when I discovered Jason Mraz and "Waiting For My Rocket To Come". The diversity thrown in the mix was just exceptional. If you like "unique", than you must own this album. You will find yourself listening, and wondering if this is one genre of music. Jason Mraz does not hesitate to take you on a joyous ride with this one. Everybody can find something to like on "WFMRTC", but more than likely, it will be every track that you find you can't get enough of. From not being able to sit still with "Curbside Prophet" and "The Remedy(Worry)", to losing yourself inside of "Absolutely Zero", there is much to be drawn and an experience to be had with this album that will surely shoot up the charts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must Have Album

    Jason Totally rocks..His musical talent shines in this album..From his unique sound to his amazing lyrics..This album has it all..A must have for any music lover..Once you hear Jason's music i can guarntee you too will be hooked and wait with Jason for his Rocket to Come...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best CD out there!

    This is probably one of the most amazing cds I've ever heard. If you like DMB or John Mayer or any of the [somewhat] popular male acoustic performers out there, check him out. Even if you're not a fan of DMB/John Mayer/etc. check him out anyway. You won't be disappointed. It's a fun cd that makes you want to sing along and dance and act crazy. [Trust me, it's really embarrassing when I'm on the bus to work, or in the break room at work. ;)]

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